Chapter 1: Hacking the Casinos for a Million Bucks. Chapter 2: When Terrorists Come Calling. Chapter 3: The Texas Prison Hack. Chapter 4: Cops and Robbers. Chapter 5: The Robin Hood Hacker. Chapter 6: The Wisdom and Folly of Penetration Testing. Chapter 7: Of Course Your Bank Is Secure ? Right? Chapter 8: Your Intellectual Property Isn?t Safe. Chapter 9: On the Continent. Chapter 10: Social Engineers ? How They Work and How to Stop Them. Chapter 11: Short Takes. Index.
Kevin D. Mitnick, bestselling author of The Art of Deception, may be the most celebrated hacker ever to "go legit" and apply his considerable skills to helping organizations protect themselves from people like himself. Considered an authority on preventing security breaches, he has appeared on Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, and others. William L. Simon is coauthor of The Art of Deception and the bestseller iCon: Steve Jobs, also published by Wiley.
"Uniformly readable, some quite exciting...will impart familiar lessons to security pros while introducing lay readers to an enthralling field of inquiry." ("Publishers Weekly, February 14, 2005)
..."engaging writing style combines intrigue, entertainment, and education." ("Library Journal, January 15, 2005)
It would be difficult to find an author with more credibility
than Mitnick to write about the art of hacking. In 1995, he was
arrested for illegal computer snooping, convicted and held without
bail for two years before being released in 2002. He clearly
inspires unusual fear in the authorities and unusual dedication in
the legions of computer security dabblers, legal and otherwise.
Renowned for his use of "social engineering," the art of tricking
people into revealing secure information such as passwords, Mitnick
("The Art of Deception) introduces readers to a fascinating array
of pseudonymous hackers. One group of friends bilks Las Vegas
casinos out of more than a million dollars by mastering the
patterns inherent in slot machines; another fellow, less fortunate,
gets mixed up with a presumed al-Qaeda- style terrorist; and a
prison convict leverages his computer skills to communicate with
the outside world, unbeknownst to his keepers. Mitnick's handling
of these engrossing tales is exemplary, for which credit presumably
goes to his coauthor, writing pro Simon. Given the complexity (some
would say obscurity) of the material, the authors avoid the pitfall
of drowning readers in minutiae. Uniformly readable, the stories--
some are quite exciting-- will impart familiar lessons to security
pros while introducing lay readers to an enthralling field of
inquiry. "Agent, David Fugate. (Mar.) ("Publishers Weekly, February
14, 2005) Infamous criminal hacker turned computer security
consultant Mitnick offers an expert sequel to his best-sellingThe
Art of Deception, this time supplying real-life rather than
fictionalized stories of contemporary hackers sneaking into
corporate servers worldwide. Each chapter begins with a computer
crime story that reads like a suspense novel; it is a little
unnerving to learn how one's bank account is vulnerable to digital
thieves or how hackers with an interest in gambling can rake in
thousands of dollars in just minutes at a compromised slot machine.
The hack revealed, Mitnick then walks readers step by step through
a prevention method. Much like Deception, this book illustrates
that hacking techniques can penetrate corporate and government
systems protected by state-of-the-art security.
Mitnick's engaging writing style combines intrigue, entertainment, and education. As with Deception, information technology professionals can learn how to detect and prevent security breaches, while informed readers can sit back and enjoy the stories of cybercrime. Recommended for most public and academic libraries. --Joe Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL ("Library Journal, January 15, 2005)